Dolly Hats

So I made this earlier post but never explained why or how I got into crocheting.  So here is the story:

This past August I came across this little cutie on pinterest.  I couldn’t get over how cute she was and thought “hey, why can’t I make a hat like that hat?”  Well the answer was pretty easy, I didn’t know how to crochet.  I had a week of holidays coming up and decided that I would teach myself how to during the holidays.  We have four nieces and I wanted to try and make them these hats for christmas!

So I started out with making Hubby a basic hat.  After starting, pulling it apart and starting over, I finally got it!  I did a few more hats and got the hang of it.  We went on a few road trips and I crochet the whole time while in the car!  I was really getting into it and even started doing it on shorter one hour car rides.  Then by November, I gave the dolly hat a try and I did it!!  I have a great friend at work that let me use her girls for the prototype and we were able to prefect it.

Please note a post will be made about the onies ties in the background later this week!!

So in the last 3 years, I have taught myself to sew and crochet.  Let’s just say I’m a little proud of those accompaniments.  I just need to send out a big thank you to the thing that helped me most of all, YouTube!!

I’m new to pattern writing but here is the pattern that I have put together for a new born:

I normally use a H 5.00 hook and matching yarn.
DC = double crochet, SC = single crochet, CH = chain

Round 1: Magic
Ring, CH 2, 9 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, CH 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, CH 2 (18)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, CH 2 (27)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, CH 2 (36)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, CH 2 (45)
Round 6-12 (I’ve gone up to 14 before just use your judgement): DC around (45 DC) CH 1 and SC around and finish off with sewing the lose ends into the hat

For the hair I use a thicker yarn because its more full looking.

Ponytails: I use two pieces about 12 inches (then cut
once on the hat) in each stitch. Lay the hat flat and in the round 3 loop the two pieces of yarn.  Then repeat this until you are happy with the ponytails.  I prefer nine altogether (three rows of three).  Knot off with a bow!

Bangs:  The process is pretty much the same as the ponytails but use just one piece about 6 inches long in two rows (and cut after).  I do the first row in the third one from the bottom and the second row over top of that.

Trim off the “hair” and you have your dolly hat!

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